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E.C. Beard
Kentucky became the 15th state to be admitted to the Union in 1792. Louisville, its largest city, had about 7000 residents when Beard likely sold this watch from his silversmith shop a year after the 1828 incorporation of the City. 

Evans C. Beard was born in 1796 in Pennsylvania and died in 1864 in Louisville. The Louisville City Directory shows him from 1832 to 1875, but this watch evidences that he was working under his own name by 1829. His shop at this time was likely located on Main between Fourth and Fifth streets. An advertisement in 1832 shows that in addition to silverplate, he sold watches, clocks, music, pianofortes, percussion guns, pistol caps, and lamps of every description (Bridwell). Beard was in several partnerships. The earliest was with Elias Ayers in about 1816, and the firm E.C. Beard & Co. was formed about 1831.

Liverpool watches like this example were being imported and sold by watchmakers and silversmiths throughout America. For similar examples, see the watch signed L.B. Terry, Albany, New York, or Russell & Clarke, Woodstock, Vermont.

 
E.C. Beard Watch
 
E.C. Beard Watch
 
E.C. Beard Watch

Maker:
Number:
City:
Date: 
E.C. Beard
84
Louisville, KY
1829
Description: Full plate 7 jewel fusee detached lever escapement with five arm, uncut steel balance and  unsigned dust cap. Liverpool, England movement  engraved "E.C. Beard, Louisville, KY" with "LEVER" and "PATENT" on the balance table.  Silver counselor case with Chester hallmarks for 1829 and case makers mark “JLS” possibly Joseph Lewis Samuel of Liverpool.


References and recommended reading:
  • Marquis Boultinghouse, Silversmiths, Jewelers, Clock and Watch Makers of Kentucky, 1785-1900, Boultinghouse, 1980
  • Margaret Bridwell, Kentucky Silversmiths Before 1850, A Presentation at The Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky, January 6, 1941, http://filsonhistorical.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/16-2-4_Kentucky-Silversmiths-Before-1850_Bridwell-Margaret-M..pdf